Journey into Freedom Day 35

Jesus sits and looks across at Martha, who is holding a basket of bread.

Preparation: Begin by stilling, then dedicating the time of prayer to God and asking God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.

Gift: I ask that I may know Jesus more clearly, love him more dearly and follow him more nearly.

Setting: Another good passage to use imaginative contemplation with. You might be Martha, Mary or one of Jesus’ followers sat down chatting with him. Where do your sympathies lie?

Luke 10:38-42 HCSB

While the disciples were travelling, Jesus entered a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home.

She had a sister named Mary, who also sat at the Lord’s feet and was listening to what He said.

But Martha was distracted by her many tasks, and she came up and asked “Lord, don’t You care that my sister has left me to serve alone? So tell her to give me a hand.”

The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Christ sits looking across at Martha who has a basket of bread rolls

Conversation: Talk to Christ, Mary or Martha in your own words as a friend. You may want to talk about what this passage from Luke raises for you...

Final Prayer: End with a formal prayer such as the Lord’s Prayer/Our Father.

A Thought for Today: Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport. - Pope Francis